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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Defense Science Study Group 2020-2021

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:October 04, 2018
Subject:Defense Science Study Group


Deadline for Internal Review:November 07, 2018

Project Description

The Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) is a program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues. The program, begun in 1986, is directed by the non-profit Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Each group meets for two years for approximately 20 days per year, divided into two week-long sessions each summer and two three-day sessions each academic year. During these eight sessions, members focus on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations of the armed forces and the intelligence community.

Duration of award: Two years; 20 days/year dedicated to DSSG activities
Number of awards: 15 selectees


IDA solicits nominations from senior leaders within major universities and from DSSG mentors, advisors, alumni, and current members. Because participation in the DSSG requires acquisition of a security clearance, all members must be U.S. citizens.

Selection is based on academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution. Typically members of each class are selected from more than 150 extremely well qualified scientists and engineers.

UW-Madison may nominate two faculty members.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

• Cover Page
• CV
• Letter of Recommendation from Provost, Dean or Defense Science Study Group Member, Mentor, Alumni or Advisor

Past Study Group Members from UW-Madison include:
Susan Coppersmith, Robert Hamers, Mark Hill, Galen McKinley, Douglas Weibel.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) by November 30, 2018.